Bethlehem Steel Rainstorm

Ok, there is a bit of a funny story with this one, if you'll indulge me. I was in Bethlehem on business, and noticed how crazy the sky was starting to look, so I thought - let me go over to Bethlehem Steel and see if I can get a few shots.

I parked my car on the north side of the Stefko Boulevard Bridge and started walking across to the spot I like to shoot. The sun was shining, it was a really hot day, people were passing me on bikes. One guy yelled from his bicycle, "Shoot it now, tomorrow it'll be a casino!" (Which, strangely, is almost the truth - you can read up on the re-development of this property right here if you like.)

I had two cameras, the film and the digital. (This shot is digital; I didn't like the film shots - I need to try again with a different film other than Kodak 400UC.) I was juggling the cameras around, trying different lenses, etc., and as I was fussing, the sky opened up and it started raining really hard! Meanwhile, the burning hot sun was still beating on my head - but it was absolutely pouring buckets all around me.

Not anticipating the sudden shower, and therefore without a camera bag, I had to put the cameras and lenses under my blouse to keep them dry - but I took a few shots in the rain first, and this was one of them.

I ran back to my car and when I got to the end of the bridge, it wasn't raining, nor had it ever rained there. I got to my car, looked down and found a four-leaf clover in the grass. :)

When I drove over the bridge and got to the south side, it had never rained there, either! It had only rained on the top of the bridge where I was standing!

The two trains in the photo were parked there while I was taking photos, which was about 30-40 minutes altogether. When I crossed the bridge in my car to go home, like three minutes later, I looked down and the trains were gone, as if they'd never been there at all.

Post-processing: Curves with fading in both 'multiply' and 'vivid light' modes, selective color saturation and de-saturation, some color balancing to reduce the red tones.

Thanks, everyone!



Absolutely sick man !!! You made may day !

Posted by George at September 2, 2005 3:47 PM

nice, i like those raindrops
it's just like factories and other man-made things are on the dark side and nature is beneath the sun

Posted by Myst at September 14, 2005 8:59 PM

the best

Posted by Xiom at September 18, 2005 7:09 PM

This picture is "simply the best"!!
- I love it!! Incredible! I can give you a steady stream those superlatives! (if that word doesn't exist in the english vocabulary: I can give you a steady stream of those super positive adjectives. But when i think of it, the norwegian language isn't the richest one, so who am I to speak..)

- The dark depressing feel of those industrial buildnings, the lines, the light! Such a great location, and such a great photo and then the work you've done on it!

I have to visit that place!
- keep it up! And I hope your exhibition goes well!

Posted by Andreas B. Amble at September 29, 2005 1:18 PM

Just perfect...

Posted by NagChampa at October 23, 2005 2:33 PM

Amazing picture! I really love the mood especially..

Posted by Dennis Larsen at December 13, 2005 4:24 PM

Just want say AAaaaaaaaa! miracle of art..

Posted by Mickle at June 3, 2006 10:05 AM

Awesome! You are really amazing photographer. Good luck.

Posted by Sasha Yu at August 23, 2006 2:24 PM

wow... that's the only word that I can think of...

Posted by Saurabh at May 5, 2007 6:16 PM

I can't believe the depth and the color. It's so bold and clear. You're photos give me the itch more and more. Beautiful.

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